Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Week 3 has come and gone.
This week I didn't see much change up or down in weight but also didn't put in a much work as I have in past weeks. This week, it's back at it again! Two steps forward, one step back, right?
The Revolt Now Fitness site is now up and running. There is a special one week kickstart trial for Littles Rule the Roost readers! You can sign up on the website. Once you take a look at what the creator, Nicole, has changed in her life and tried out the program, I know you will love it as much as the rest of us do!
It's only one week.
What have you got to lose except some weight and inches!!
Monday, May 13, 2013
The second week of Revolt Now Fitness was filled with some good and some not so good.
First, the not so good - I didn't do the full compliment of workouts. Life just seemed to get in the way this week. It happens. But, I did get some physical activity in anyway! It is now nice enough to walk DD to school and back. Gardening season is in full swing and, boy, are my muscles feeling it! Raking, shoveling, hauling, bending, digging - my body is still getting a workout.
This week, I am going to fit my 30 minute workouts in - even with the gardening.
Second - the good - even though this week was ideal, I still lost 1 pound and a total of 4 inches! Not too shabby!
Week 3 here I come!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A mix of sweet and salty.
And did I mention bacon???
Butter tarts are staple around The Littles household during family gatherings and celebrations. The addition of Canadian maple syrup and bacon bring an interesting yet delectable twist on this Canadian classic.
These tasty little tarts can be made mini sized for appetizers or regular sized for dessert.
Use your favourite pastry recipe for the tart shells or use premade ones like the ones from Tenderflake, like I did.
Maple Bacon Butter Tarts
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup crispy bacon, broken into little pieces (I used Maple Leaf Lazy Maple Bacon)
1/2 cup raisins
Soak raisins in boiled water (this is the secret to great butter tarts). Mix maple syrup, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Drain raisins. Divide raisins and bacon equally between the tart shells. Pour batter over raisins and bacon in each shell until the shell is 1/2 - 3/4 full.
Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.
Disclosure - I wrote this post as an entry into the Eat Write Retreat Amazing Appetizers Culinary Challenge. I was provided with cooking tools from OXO and California Raisins to complete my recipe.
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Is there a mom out there that doesn't like getting jewelery as a gift for Mother's Day?
Sutton Smithworks is a Winnipeg jeweler that handcrafts beautiful jewelery. Many of their signature pieces can be found can be found in local retail stores.
Not only do they carry the traditional family rings and charms, but they can also create a unique piece that would be sure to make any mom happy.
What's more personal than a fingerprint? A new trend in jewelery is to have a fingerprint stamped into it. The stamp can be made into a ring or a pedant as pictured above. You can even have a paw print done if you have fur-babies!
The carved photo pendant or photo etched pendant are unique to Sutton Smithworks. I have not seen like them anywhere else. The detail that is captured in pendant when compared to the photo you provided is unbelievable! Great way to preserve a memory.
Check out their website to see an example of how they took pieces from an old china tea set and turned it into a beautiful pendant. What a great way to preserve a family memory using an inherited piece of china that may otherwise go unused.
Have something else special in mind? Stop by and have a chat with the staff. There are two goldsmiths on site that can create pieces that are only limited by your imagination!
Disclosure - This is a sponsored post. I received a pendant in exchange for this post. All views expressed are my own.
Saturday, May 4, 2013
I am please to announce that I was selected to be one of the Revolt Now Fitness bloggers!
Since summer and bikini season will soon be upon us, this came along at a great time.
Revolt Now Fitness was started by Nicole Huntsman. She has had her own struggles with weight. She is now a Certified Professional Trainer and fitness competitor!
The Revolt Now Fitness program runs for 6 weeks and comes with weekly diet and fitness schedule.
I have just completed Week 1 and....
I am down 3 lbs! My waist and tummy both feel slimmer too!
The diet is very vegetable and lean protein based which is a great start for someone who has not been eating the right kinds of food. Because we eat fairly healthy already and just went through the No Sugar Challenge, I don't feel the need to follow the diet exactly. Nicole also includes a substitution list with the diet that I use to vary our family meals and to meet our tastes and lifestyle.
My favourite part of this plan is the workouts!
All the workouts can be done in home or in the gym, if you like. All you need are a few hand weights and you are good to go!
Each series of exercises have 3 variations depending on your fitness level. In one week I have already progressed from Level 1 to some Level two exercises.
You can't help but follow Nicole's enthusiasm as she demonstrates each exercise. She is also an active participant on the Revolt Facebook page.
The Revolt Now Fitness website is currently being updated. Once it goes live, I will include links so you can check it out for yourself.
Will you follow along with me on my Revolt Now journey?